Stark raving ideologues
“It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth.” - Milan Kundera
Back in 2004, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer caused a stir when he suggested that the Court use in its deliberations a wider body of law, beyond American law, to include rulings handed down from bodies like the European Court of Human Rights. Communications being what they are, jurists use rulings from non-American sources in considering cases more often than is reported.
If you want to know the direction America is heading, look to Europe. Many of you probably read about the sad case of the Christian couple in Britain who can no longer foster children because they refuse to go against their religious beliefs and teach their children that a gay or LGBT lifestyle is a good thing. In raising children, the state now makes the claim that sexual preference trumps religious belief.
At the time of its passage, some religious conservatives expressed concerns that New Jersey’s new anti-bullying law would be turned into a bully pulpit for teaching values that are deeply opposed to religious traditions. They look to Europe and to Canada, where members of the clergy are regularly visited by police investigating “hate speech”: Their “crime” having to do with reading certain passages from the Bible.
Now comes this report out of Merry Olde England:
A couple had their three foster children taken away by a council on the grounds that their membership of the UK Independence Party meant that they supported “racist” policies.
The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers.
The couple said they feared that there was a black mark against their name and they would not be able to foster again.
Campaigners representing foster parents have described the decision as “ridiculous” and warned that it could deter other prospective foster parents from volunteering.
Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, described the actions of Rotherham borough council as “a bloody outrage” and “political prejudice of the very worst kind”.
Tim Loughton, the former children’s minister, said: “I will be very concerned if decisions have been made about the children’s future that were based on misguided political correctness around ethnic considerations.
“Being a supporter of a mainstream political party is not a deal-breaker when it comes to looking after children if it means they can have a loving family home.”
The couple, who do not want to be named to avoid identifying the children they have fostered, are in their late 50s and live in a neat detached house in a village in South Yorkshire.
The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30 years and works with disabled people, while his wife is a qualified nursery nurse.
Former Labour voters, they have been approved foster parents for nearly seven years and have looked after about a dozen different children, one of them in a placement lasting four years.
They took on the three children - a baby girl, a boy and an older girl, who were all from an ethnic minority and a troubled family background - in September in an emergency placement.
They believe that the youngsters thrived in their care. The couple were described as “exemplary” foster parents: the baby put on weight and the older girl even began calling them “mum and dad”.
However, just under eight weeks into the placement, they received a visit out of the blue from the children’s social worker at the Labour-run council and an official from their fostering agency.
They were told that the local safeguarding children team had received an anonymous tip-off that they were members of Ukip.
The wife recalled: “I was dumbfounded. Then my question to both of them was, ‘What has Ukip got to do with having the children removed?’
“Then one of them said, ‘Well, Ukip have got racist policies’. The implication was that we were racist. [The social worker] said Ukip does not like European people and wants them all out of the country to be returned to their own countries.
“I’m sat there and I’m thinking, ‘What the hell is going off here?’ because I wouldn’t have joined Ukip if they thought that. I’ve got mixed race in my family. I said, ‘I am absolutely offended that you could come in my house and accuse me of being a member of a racist party’.”
The wife said she told the social worker and agency official: “These kids have been loved. These kids have been treated no differently to our own children. We wouldn’t have taken these children on if we had been racist.”
One shocking aspect of modern ideologues is the certainty with which they hold their views. The latest is that these politically correct bureaucrats have taken steps to make sure that their destruction of this family cannot be undone:
The three children removed from their foster parents because the couple were UKIP members have been separated from one another, it emerged last night.
The boy has been sent to live with one family, while his two sisters - a baby and an older girl - have gone to another home.
The couple - who have already bought Christmas presents for the children - has now called on the leaders of Rotherham council to quit after they failed to apologise for what has happened.
The foster parents told the Daily Telegraph they felt ’slandered and besmirched’ after social workers took the children away.
‘They should be considering their position,’ the husband told the newspaper.
‘These are people on incredible salaries who are paid to make responsible decisions but they can’t do it.
This is what is happening in Britain today. How long before it happens here?